Published date: 26 October 2023

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Opportunity (published 26 October 2023, last edited 7 November 2023)

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Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£0 to £800,000

Procurement reference


Published date

26 October 2023

Closing date

24 November 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

8 January 2024

Contract end date

7 January 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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NHS England (NHSE) are commencing a tender for the Provision of Virtual Learning Programme (VLP) for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

NHSE is seeking to commission up to two (2) providers to deliver an innovative and flexible VLP to support returners to meet the minimum requirements of the HCPC RTP standards.

The Programme is aimed at RTP applicants who can demonstrate that they satisfy the following:
• All former HCPC registrants who live in England and plan to return to work in England once returned to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register.
• Those who have gained a UK HCPC approved programme more than 5 years ago and have never been registered and never practised.
• Registrants who remained on the HCPC register for more than two years but have not practised and consider themselves to be out of practice

A range of targeted interventions/support packages specifically designed to motivate, support, and build the confidence of the returner as they return to practice and proactively encourage them to develop their own lifelong learning. And support this through innovative use of different learning methods and techniques including simulated 'clinical' experience via virtual/remote learning environments or equivalent to optimise the learning experience.

The maximum financial envelope for this procurement exercise is £800,000 (£100,000 ex vat per year per provider) exclusive of Vat. The contract period will be for four (4) years, with no option to extend.

The deadline for submission of completed ITT submissions is 24th November 2023 at 12:00pm (midday).

Late submissions will not be accepted therefore, please submit in good time prior to the deadline date and time. All communications should be made via the messaging function on the e-Tendering portal during the tender exercise.

The Contracting Authority requests that all communications are channelled through the e-portal system and not with the Contracting Authority itself other than as expressly permitted within this ITT.

To express interest and access the Tender Documentation please use the link below and view live opportunities: (Project C220103)

Should Bidders have any queries, or are having problems using the portal, they should contact the Helpdesk on: Phone: 0800 9956035 or E-mail:

More information

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To express interest and participate in the tender, please register and apply via Atamis e-sourcing portal

Should Tenderers have any queries, or having problems using the portal, they should contact Helpdesk at:

Phone: 0800 9956035


About the buyer

Contact name

Sarah Ambrose


Duncombe Street